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Stories of the Past: Sunday, August 12, 2001

August 11, 2001

50 years ago — A gleaming line of steel towers neared El Centro as the Imperial Irrigation District continued construction of a line to carry electrical power from Parker Dam to the Imperial Valley. IID engineers designed the towers so that additional lines could be added.

40 years ago — Earl Roberts' appointment as customs collector for Imperial and San Diego counties has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Roberts, former chairman of the Imperial County Democratic Central Committee, is expected to take over the post Sept. 1.

30 years ago — The Imperial City Council, on a 3-1 vote, passed a resolution favoring a methadone maintenance and detoxification clinic at Imperial General Hospital. The resolution was opposed by Mayor Dewey James.

20 years ago — The county employees' association voted Tuesday to ratify the salary and benefits package with the county. The agreement is pending final approval by the Board of Supervisors later this week. The raise is the largest in three years, 13.25 percent. It was negotiated for the first time by a professional representative of the AFL-CIO.

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